Rev. John Ruben Butler, Sr.

August 24, 1960 - September 1, 2021
Rev. John Ruben Butler, Sr.

Rev. John Ruben Butler, Sr., age 61 of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

John was born in Wilmington on August 24, 1960. His parents were William Rubin Butler and Esther Jean Coley.

John, a former United States Marine, was currently serving his community as the Senior Pastor of Federal Point Pentecostal Church on Piner Road in Wilmington. He had a strong testimony and witness for the Gospel of Christ, and enjoyed ministering to his church family through music and the preaching of God’s Word. He was a member of the Full Gospel Business Mens Fellowship in Wilmington and would minister through music at their meetings. John also served as Vice President on the board of MIC Youth Camp. He was a bi-vocational pastor who also worked as a professional pest exterminator working with Bug in a Rug Exterminators

He was preceded in death by wife, Bonnie; son, Danny Strickland, Jr.; mother, Esther Hinnant; father, Rubin Butler; grand-daughter, Charity Jonae Butler; brother, Mark Butler; and nephew, William Graham Butler, Jr.

He is survived by his son, John Ruben Butler, Jr. and wife Sherry; daughters Jayme Butler, Catina Wanner, Cissy Adams; son Michael Strickland; brother, William Graham and wife Geraldine Butler; grand-children, nieces and nephews, and so many more.

Services will be held at Federal Point Pentecostal Church, 629 Piner Road in Wilmington, NC at 2 pm Saturday, October 9, 2021.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate to Merging in Christ Youth Camp.


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  • September 03, 2021
    Judy Powell lit a candle:
    Lit since September 3, 2021 at 9:50:29 PM

  • September 03, 2021
    Amanda Ross says:
    Today Bug in. Rug treated the home where I work. I learned that Mr. John is in the arms of Jesus. I want to extend my condolences to his coworkers and his family. Also his extended Church family and friends. I want to let you all know that Mr. John did not just spray for bugs, he took a job that would put him in peoples homes where he would have the opportunity to witness. (GREAT marketing for Jesus there John!) and I am here to tell you that is what he did. He shared his love of GOD and invited me to his Church. Already a Christian I thanked him for sharing his testimony. I was so sad to hear of his passing. But so glad to know he is in Heaven ! See ya there Mr. John.

  • September 05, 2021
    Alton "Al" Watkins says:
    Seems like the Lord is calling the best and loyal children home on a regular basis these days. Brother John, ran his race, fought his fight, and sang his song. I'll miss John and his encouragement. Prayers are with the family, and church. Praise God, we'll see him again...

  • September 09, 2021
    Sandra Cayton says:
    I count John as a friend, he was my Bug man for alot of years. We had many talks about God, Jesus and Holy Spirit both of us being Christians. He was such a good man and always a caring gentleman. ❤ to his family please know I feel your pain. My husband died 3 years ago at age 64 from ALS. I am so sorry but I know John is exactly where he wanted to be, his forever home with his Lord and Savior. RIP John I'll see you soon. Till then thank you and miss you.

  • September 15, 2021
    Kim Longbottom lit a candle:
    Lit since September 15, 2021 at 9:55:59 PM